Why not? Every day we buy products like computers, clothing, and cups of coffee where the advertised price does not include sales tax. Advertisements for rental cars and hotels don’t include taxes either. I guess airline tickets do include taxes … not sure why gas and airline tickets are different than everything else.
I understand sales tax is a bit different than the Connecticut gasoline tax (25 cents), gross receipts tax (7.26 percent) and the federal excise tax (18.4 cents), but people need to know today’s average price of $3.82 would be advertised at $3.32 plus state and federal tax. Four years ago gas in Connecticut was at a previous five year – for a short time – low of about $1.69 per gallon with the same tax rate giving us a price of $1.19 per gallon.
Would this change make a difference? I don’t think so, the price would be advertised and right next to the price it would say “plus tax.” They could even put a sticker detailing the taxes that need to be added. Adults should be able to add.
Interested in your thoughts as to why gasoline is advertised with price included (other than government mandates). How would that change the “psyche” of consumers that buy gas? Would it effect how some perceive “big oil?”